Tom Barrack, Acquittal

Humble Beginnings

Barrack’s grandparents were Lebanese Christians who immigrated in 1900 to the United States from Zahlé, Lebanon.

Barrack was raised in Culver City, California, where his father was a grocer and his mother was a secretary.


Barrack earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California (USC), where he participated on their varsity rugby team.

He then attended the USC Gould School of Law.

Later he received a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.


Government Work

Reagan Administration

In 1982, Barrack served as deputy undersecretary of the United States Department of the Interior under James G. Watt in the Reagan administration.
The Secret Service would board its horses at Barrack’s ranch when President Reagan was at his nearby Rancho del Cielo.
Secretary Watt made his resignation announcement at Barrack’s ranch.
Barrack says he became disillusioned with government service after he was required to testify before a congressional committee due to a gift Barrack had paid to the purchaser of Edwin Meese’s house.


Legal Prosecution

In 2021 and 2022, Barrack was indicted on nine charges stemming from his alleged lobbying of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as an unregistered foreign agent.

In November 2022, he was found not guilty on all charges.




ABC News

  1. Trump ally Tom Barrack pleads not guilty in illegal lobbying case
    • Profile
      • ABC News’ Aaron Katersky reports on the criminal case against Tom Barrack, the chair of former President Trump’s inaugural committee, and the possible implications for Trump and his allies.
    • Videos
      • Trump ally Tom Barrack pleads not guilty in illegal lobbying case
        Channel:- ABC News
        Date Published:- 2021-July-26th
        Date Added:- 2022-November-17th




  1. Former Trump Ally Tom Barrack Reacts To Acquittal: ‘Done With Politics’
    • Profile
      • Former Donald Trump ally Tom Barrack was acquitted of foreign lobby charges Friday after the Inaugural Committee Chair was accused of using his access to the former president to covertly further the interests of the United Arab Emirates. “I’m humbled,” Barrack said in New York Friday.
    • Videos
      • Former Trump Ally Tom Barrack Reacts To Acquittal: ‘Done With Politics’
        Channel:- Newsweek
        Date Published:- 2022-November-4th
        Date Added:- 2022-November-17th


Video Transcripts



Former Trump Ally Tom Barrack Reacts To Acquittal: ‘Done With Politics’

God Bless America this system works
0:07 Against All Odds
0:09 these 12 people
0:12 normal people with such complex and
0:15 believable facts in front of them
0:20 somehow fight
0:24 through all of the Quagmire
0:27 to find Lady Justice with a torch
0:29 burning
0:31 and a judge who protects them
0:36 who takes that complexity and puts it
0:38 into threads of simplicity
0:42 and I’m on my way to the Statue of
0:44 Liberty to see those chains broken at
0:46 her feet and that torch of enlightenment
0:51 and I’m I’m humble look I I root for all
0:55 of them it’s the toughest job in the
0:57 world in president United States no
0:59 matter what party it is whether it’s
1:01 Republicans are going to President Biden
1:03 is doing the best job he president Trump
1:05 did the best job defense and President
1:07 Obama
1:08 the best job he could we have to stop
1:11 thinking that our points of view are
1:13 aligned in hostility to whoever has
1:18 the gravel at that point in time so I’m
1:20 I’m cheering for all of them I’m just
1:22 done with politics



Magistrate Judge Sanket J. Bulsara of the Eastern District of New York


  1. This is not a seek forgiveness condition, this is a seek permission condition,” Bulsara said, admonishing him.

Tom Barrack


  1. My grandparents came here in 1896 and 1900 and from humble and simple beginnings they gave me the gift of all that America has to offer,” Barrack said. “That statue is made of steel with a patina of copper. We’re in the middle of a very heated moment and I can only tell you that the hardest steel is forged from the hottest fire.”


  1. Asked by his defense attorney whether he could have agreed to act as an agent of just one investor, Barrack said that would have been “impossible” because it would have soured other investors in his multibillion-dollar fund, giving them the perception that “if you’re acting for them, you’re not going to act for us.”
  2. He also answered questions about his decades of friendship with Trump, whom he called “smart, instinctively brilliant and more resilient than anybody I ever knew.” Barrack said the relationship ended up being “disastrous” for him professionally. Asked to support that characterization, Barrack responded, “I’m sitting with all of you today.”
  3. Barrack said he’d had high hopes that he could influence Trump’s view on Middle East policy and that Trump would tamp down some of his divisive language after he took office. “I thought he would transition, this rhetoric. … The style was something that I and others didn’t appreciate,” Barrack said. “I thought he would just change.”
  4. Barrack said that when Trump didn’t dial back his language, his publicly traded company paid the price for its public ties to him. “Owners of public shares vote with their feet,” he said. “It was a nightmare.”


  1. We have to stop thinking that our points of view are aligned in hostility to whoever has the gravel at that point in time.  So I’m cheering for all of them I’m just done with politics.

Referenced Work

  1. Wikipedia
  2. CNN
    • Trump ally Tom Barrack pleads not guilty in foreign lobbying case
  3. NBC
    • NBC News
      • Trump ally Tom Barrack takes stand in own defense in foreign lobbying case
  4. Financial Times ( FT )
    • Karma works’: Donald Trump ally Tom Barrack fights criminal charges over UAE ties


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